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You know the Helper!

Scripture reading for November 10th: John 14

Key Scriptures: John 14:12-17 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in My Name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.””

Jesus gave His disciples several amazing promises in one of His last teaching before going to the cross. He prophesied that those believing in Him would do even greater works than those that He had done. This did not mean greater in the sense of more spectacular or impacting, but greater in number and scope as the disciples multiplied. He promised that whatever His disciples asked in His Name, He would do it! He also promised that He would ask the Father to send them a ‘Helper’, the Spirit of Truth, to be with them forever. This ‘Helper’ would be live in them and be with them in every trial and event of life, even into eternity. He also said that His disciples would know the ‘Helper’ because of their abiding relationship! Amen!

John 14:20-21 “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. Whoever has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father, I know that I am in Jesus Christ and He is in You. I am thankful for the gift of the Helper, the Spirit of Truth, Who leads and guides me into all truth, helping me to know You and obey Your commandments. I ask today that these promises would be claimed by faith by each of my children and grandchildren. May I proclaim these truths that others might know You and Jesus Christ and receive the Helper! Amen!

John 14:26-27 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

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Ask and receive!

Scripture reading for April 24th:  John 14, Psalm 82, Proverbs 20

Key Scriptures: John 14:11-13 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.  Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.  Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it.” 

Jesus made some fantastic promises to those who would choose to believe in Him.  He promised His disciples that they would do the same works that He had been doing.  He also stated that they would do greater works.  In fact, whatever need that they had, they could ask in His Name and He would do it.  Faith to see what Jesus wanted to do and to ask Him would bring results!

Faith Confession:  Thank You Jesus for these precious and magnificent promises.  Help me to see what You want to do each day and to ask You for needed resources. (Action step:  Ask Jesus in prayer for a need that you have and expect results.)

Psalm 82:3-4  Father, I pray Your Word:  “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.  Rescue the weak and the needy, deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”  Amen.

 

 

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What can I do for you?

Scripture reading for April 10th: 2nd Kings 1-3

As the prophet Elijah was about to depart from this earth, he asked Elisha: “What can I do for you before I am taken from you?”  (2nd Kings 2:9)  The understudy wisely answered that he desired a double portion of the Spirit.  This is essentially the same question God asked Solomon a few years earlier. (1st Kings 3:5)  God gives us choices.  One of the tensions in Scripture is between our free will and God’s sovereign will.  God is sovereign but he has chosen to work with man who is made in His image.  Part of that image is the ability to make choices.

Elijah had been instructed by God to tap Elisha to take his place some ten years earlier.  Elisha was the son of a farmer.  He was plowing with 12 yokes of oxen–a big rig of that day!  (1st Kings 19:19)  He was called when Elijah threw his cloak over him.  Scripture records that he left his oxen and ran after Elijah.  Then he sacrificed his oxen, burning his plowing equipment to cook the meat and set out to follow Elijah.

As the time for Elijah’s departure drew near, Elisha had to choose to stay near his mentor.  If we are going to get all that the Lord has for us, it means we must persevere!  Elijah gave him a word of knowledge–that if he could see him when he departed, he would have what he asked for.  (2nd Kings 2:10-12)  As they walked on together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses appeared and Elijah was taken to heaven in a whirlwind right before Elisha’s eyes!  Elisha picked up the fallen cloak and began to do greater things than his mentor!

Jesus Christ has told us to ask Him for whatever we need and He will do it.  (John 14:14)  He has given us the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and bring forth the gifts of the Spirit as they are needed to glorify the Lord.  He has told us that we will do even greater works because He has gone to the Father.  (John 14:11-14)  Ask the Lord today for what you need!  How much more will God the Father in Heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask! (Luke 11:13)

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Like Father, Like Son!

Scripture reading for May 7th: John 5:1-23

“Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.  For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all he does.  Yes, to your amazement He will show Him even greater things than these.  For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He is pleased to give it.  Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.  He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.’ (John 5:19-23)

Jesus openly declared His own dependence on the Father and gave all glory to His Father for His own works.  Jesus plainly stated that He only did what He saw His Father doing.  At this point we must ask how did Jesus see His Father doing the miracles and good works?  The key was in Jesus’ prayer life.  Jesus spent time each day waiting on God and listening for His Father’s instructions.  He often slipped away alone to pray early in the morning.  At other times he prayed late at night.  (Luke 6:12)   Jesus was in perfect unity with His Father.

What are the “greater things” that the Father will give to the Son to do?   The verses following that statement tell of Jesus giving life to the dead and sitting in judgment.  These are things that only God could do and mark Jesus as God’s Son and the Christ!   Jesus Christ has the power to raise the dead to eternal life and will judge the living and the dead at the Judgment Seat of Christ and Great White throne.  (2 Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 20:11-15)  Because Jesus is God, we must honor Him.  If we honor Him, we honor the Father as well.

Jesus is God!  The miracles of healing are wonderful examples of His divinity.  But the greater works of  raising the dead to life and judgment are still to come.  Are you giving honor to Jesus and the Father by obeying them and their Word?  If not, today is a good day to repent!

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